It was raining as we drove west out of the city towards the Rockies. Low hanging clouds clung to hilltops. Ghostly mist vapours rose from river waters flowing steadily eastward from the Great Divide.
We were on our way to Camp Chief Hector where my daughter, Liseanne, was to give a welcoming speech to a group of volunteers. They were from an oil company in downtown Calgary, giving up their Saturday to help move piles of wood at the Camp that eager campers would eventually use to keep their tee-pees and camphuts warm in the cooler months. The wood had come from trees felled by the forestry-service in a preventative bid to stall forest fires in the coming warm months.
There was a lot of it to be moved!
Liseanne is working for the United Way. She started last fall when she returned from her semester abroad, and was hired on full-time as soon as she graduated from University. She is a young woman with a big heart, an amazing work ethic and a creative perspective on life and how to make the most of it, for herself and everyone else too!
For people. Animals. The planet. The underprivileged. Marginalized. Homeless and hopeless. Helpless and hurting.
We were only to be there for a few minutes for her to give her speech of welcome, but she wanted to stay. She wanted to pitch in and help out. So we did. And it was fun. And hard work and satisfying.
I am grateful.
And when we got back to the city, C.C. was waiting to take us to the market and then on to a pub to watch the hockey game with friends.
It was a great day!
And in the midst of it, I completed the video of Liseanne's grad -- which I must share! It was so much fun and such a wonderful day!
I am incredibly blessed and grateful for my two amazing daughters and the wonderful people in my life. The only thing that could have made the day better would have been to have Alexis, Liseanne's eldest sister, here. But.... she's off having an amazing adventure in South Africa! And that is good because, no matter where she is in the world, she lives in my heart always.
What an amazing gift my daughters are in my world.